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I really like Christmas
It's sentimental, I know, but I just really like it
I am hardly religious
I'd rather break bread with Dawkins than Desmond Tutu, to be honest

And yes, I have all of the usual objections
To consumerism, the commercialisation of an ancient religion
To the westernisation of a dead Palestinian
Press-ganged into selling Playstations and beer
But I still really like it

I'm looking forward to Christmas
Though I'm not expecting a visit from Jesus

I'll be seeing my dad
My brother and sisters, my gran and my mum
They'll be drinking white wine in the sun
I'll be seeing my dad
My brother and sisters, my gran and my mum
They'll be drinking white wine in the sun

I don't go in for ancient wisdom
I don't believe just 'cos ideas are tenacious it means they're worthy
I get freaked out by churches
Some of the hymns that they sing have nice chords but the lyrics are spooky

And yes I have all of the usual objections
To the mis-education of children who, in tax-exempt institutions,
Are taught to externalise blame
And to feel ashamed and to judge things as plain right and wrong
But I quite like the songs

I'm not expecting big presents
The old combination of socks, jocks and chocolate's is just fine by me

Cos I'll be seeing my dad
My brother and sisters, my gran and my mum
They'll be drinking white wine in the sun
I'll be seeing my dad
My brother and sisters, my gran and my mum
They'll be drinking white wine in the sun

And you, my baby girl
My jetlagged infant daughter
You'll be handed round the room
Like a puppy at a primary school
And you won't understand
But you will learn someday
That wherever you are and whatever you face
These are the people who'll make you feel safe in this world
My sweet blue-eyed girl

And if my baby girl
When you're twenty-one or thirty-one
And Christmas comes around
And you find yourself nine thousand miles from home
You'll know what ever comes

Your brothers and sisters and me and your Mum
Will be waiting for you in the sun
Whenever you come
Your brothers and sisters, your aunts and your uncles
Your grandparents, cousins and me and your mum
We'll be waiting for you in the sun
Drinking white wine in the sun
Darling, when Christmas comes
We'll be waiting for you in the sun
Drinking white wine in the sun
Waiting for you in the sun
Waiting for you...
Waiting...

I really like Christmas
It's sentimental, I know...



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    Tim GingellAug 26, 2013 at 12:34 pm
    Ryan Redmond Is that a defenaitly serious point you're making there, because I don't think it can be as defenaitly isn't a definite word - I'm sure there are many serious songs with made up words that don't detract from beauty - this song is beautiful, because it talks about feelings for loved ones over and above the conventions that are the reason why people get together, and that despite an atheist's problems with the origination and misuse of Christmas, he still really likes it. Having comedy in a song doesn't make it not serious.
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    UnregisteredAug 3, 2012 at 3:11 pm
    I am a christian and i love this song. Christmas has been way too commercialized--he is right. Most have forgotten what it should be about--and that's not presents. It's spending time with ones you love and cherishing those relationships that jesus allowed us to have (if you believe in jesus). But any normal person believes in relationships so all should relate. And, no, i don't expect a visit from jesus either.
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    UnregisteredDec 4, 2011 at 6:53 pm
    Beautiful song.

    Catches more true feelings about christmas than any other song i have heard so far.

    Thank you, tim minchin, for this honest song.
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    godonlyknowsMay 2, 2011 at 7:32 pm
    On it's surface, this is a song about Christmas time with the family. Just under the surface, more sub-textually, it appears to be more about what is really important in life.
    Example: "I'm not expecting big presents The old combination of socks, jocks and chocolate is just fine by me Cos I'll be seeing my dad My brother and sisters, my gran and my mum"

    Just Beautiful.

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    UnregisteredJan 29, 2014 at 10:01 am
    It's not anti religion, It's about a dad writing something g that will go down in history for his daughter, I would do the same if I was as talented, from someone who knows only to well about missing there daughter at Christmas, I was put onto this song by her, she heard a couple of years ago on children on need and as it was the first Christmas I had split from her mum, not my fault I may add, it hit home hard for her, when I herd it first time I shed a tear, last year we sent Christmas together as she moved in with me, best Christmas ever, no big presents no over the top meal just me and her spending time together watching movies, she 16 I'm 42 and will ways be there for her, sometimes the best and most moving songs aren't overly produced, just a guy with a piano and nothing to say but love for his family, as I said I would do the same if I could, as it's best I can do is know here.

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